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not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

12 “ Greater” – that is, to a greater 12 Verily, verily, I say unto extent. In after ages my ministers you, He that believeth on shall extend the Gospel into every me, the works that I do shall part of the world. he do also ; and greater works than these shall he do ; because I go unto my Father. 13 And

13 To ask any thing “in the name whatsoever ye shall ask in of Christ” is to ask with a reference my name, that will I do, that to his doctrine, and spirit, and will. the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do

15 This precept involves a principle it. If ye love me, keep of universal application. Parents, my commandments. And I masters, friends, you naturally tes! will

pray the Father, and he all professions of duty, service, and shall give you another Com- love, by a readiness to do your wil. forter *, that he may abide with you for ever; eren the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him : but ye know him ; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in 18 Since Christ is thus ready to you.

I will not leave you come to you, O receive Him gladly? comfortless : I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more ; but ye see me : because I live, ye shall live also.

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20 Complete and blessed union of day ye shall know that I am

the Church with the Father and bis in my Father, and

ye

Christ. and I in you.

21 He that 21 What a joyful motive for obehath my commandments, and dience ! Almighty God will love the

obedient servant of Christ. keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.' Judas † saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world ? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words : and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me

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in me,

* Was Jesus, when on earth, all in all to his disciples—their guide, their companion, their friend-his strength, his counsel, his comfort

, theirs ? All these blessings are now yours, in that other Comforter, who abideth with you for ever! O rejoice in his holy comfort !

+ This Judas was called, also, Lebbëus, or Thaddëus. Thaddeus being a Syriac word ; Judas, a Hebrew word. (Matt. x. 3.)

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not keepeth not my sayings : and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet 26 That Comforter is thine, if thou present with you. 26 But the wilt ask and seek his guidance and Comforter, which is the Holy consolation. Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto 27 Peace I leave with

27 The peace of God does not preyou.

vent your sharing the troubles of the you, my peace I give unto world ; but it enables you either to you: not as the world giveth, bear them patiently, or contend with give I unto you.

Let not them triumphantly.

28 My Father is greater than I am your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

in my human nature. have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father : for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might be

30 In me is no sin—therefore Satan lieve.

Hereafter I will hath nothing in me. Over me he not talk much with you: for hath no controul. I have broken the prince of this world com

his power. eth, and hath nothing in me.

31 Were the disciples happy, that 31 But that the world may

in going thence they had Jesus as

their companion and friend? Arise know that I love the Father; thou in the same happy trust, that and as the Father gave me

when thou goest forth from studying commandment, even so I do.

his word, He will be also with thee. Arise, let us go hence.

CHAPTER XV.

MARCH 28, JULY 27, Nov. 23. Our Lord compares the Church to a vineyard, himself to the vine therein planted, individual members of the Church to its branches, and our heavenly Father to the husbandman, who tends every branch, carefully trains and prunes it, and looketh that it bringeth forth good fruit. I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. * Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh

2 If, called Christians, we lead not

Christian lives, we cut ourselves off every branch that

from the benefits of our Christian beareth fruit, he purgeth it, profession. that it may bring forth more

3 “ Ye are clean through the word” fruit. Now ye are clean

--that is, ye are sanctified through

the word. (See Chap. xiii. 10.) through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the

away: and

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branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine ; no more can ye, except ye 5 The converse is true. Through abide in me. I am the Christ we can do all things" neces. vine, ye are the branches: sary for our salvation. (Phil. iv. 13.) He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me

6 When the soul casts off its union ye can do nothing. If a with Christ, it withers, as a branch man abide not in me, he is

severed from its stem. cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,

7 Be ye grounded and established and they are burned. ? If in my doctrine ; then ye will ask ye abide in me, and my words only what is so pleasing to God, that abide in you, ye shall ask

He will, for my sake, hear and an. what ye will, and it shall be

8 What a noble motive for a holy done unto you.

8 Herein is life, that our God himself is thereby my Father glorified, that ye glorified. bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so bave I loved

you: continue

ye
in

my love. If ye keep my command

10 A love of sin maketh men un. ments, ye shall abide in my

believers. A holy life leads a man love; even as I have kept to rejoice in the love of God, and my Father's commandments, to obey his word. and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends *, if

ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth : but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain : that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it If

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pandered to the weaknesses of men, the world, the world would

ye would find ready auditors : but love his own: but because because ye inculcate unworldly fears

Friendship has ever been esteemed the greatest earthly comfort. Lo! our Saviour and our God, the all-powerful and the all-merciful, stands forth our friend! Blessed be his holy name! Welcome, his loving-kindness!

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ye are not of the world, but and unworldly hopes, your counsel is I have chosen you out of the unpalatable; your actions are misreworld, therefore the world presented; your motives maligned *." hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your's also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

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22 They had been free from the sin not come and spoken unto of rejecting Jesus.

Our responsithem, they had not had sin: bility is in proportion to our knowbut now they have no cloke ledge. for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is

26 And this Spirit does testify of

Christ, when it sanctifies your come, whom I will send unto thoughts, counsels your goings, and you from the Father, even soothes your sorrows. What stronger the Spirit of truth, which testimony can we require, or wish, proceedeth from the Father,

in proof that the promised Spirit is he shall testify of me: and given in answer to our prayers ! ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from

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CHAPTER XVI.

MARCH 29, JULY 28, Nov. 24. These things have I spoken 1 « That, when difficulties occur in unto you, that ye should not your religious course, they may not be offended. ? They shall put

deter you from perseverance.” you out of the synagogues :

2 Witness the noble array of maryea, the time cometh, that tyrs. whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. * And these things will they 3 Cruelty can never consist with a do unto you, because they knowledge of God, who is all mercy have not known the Father, and loving kindness.

* Under like circumstances, let us remember that Jesus endured patiently the contradiction of sinners; and that as the servant is not above his master, nor the disciple

above his Lord, it behoveth us to be resigned and patient, even as He was.

nor me.

* But these things * The immediate presence of Christ have I told you, that when was a continual guard and comfort. the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with

you.

5 Who that knows the value of a * But now I go my way to friend, can wonder that in the proshim that sent me; and none pect of losing such a friend as Christ, of you asketh me, Whither the disciples should feel their hearts

to sink with sorrow ! goest thou ?

But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. ? Nevertheless I tell you the truth ; It is expedient for dient: because if the Comforter

7 It was advantageous-or ( you that I go away : for if I abode with the Church, as its guide go not away, the Comforter and comforter on earth, Jesus could will not come unto you; but

then ascend into heaten, sit on the if I depart, I will send him right hand of God, and ever live to

make intercession for us there. unto you.

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall be speak : and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me : for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine : therefore said Í, that he shall

take of mine, and shew it unto you. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while ? we cannot tell 19 Does Jesus know our very thoughts? what he saith. 19 Now Jesus let those thoughts be holy, and just

, knew that they were desirous and good ; and we shall rejoice that

He knoweth them. to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

20 At first ye will have sorrow; but verily, I say unto you, That when ye find my spiritual kingdom

20 Verily,

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